Manchester Old Fashioned Christmas to fill streets with throngs and song NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NEIGHBORS

November 18, 1992|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Like a Christmas card come to life, Manchester's third Old Fashioned Christmas Open House will take shape Friday, Nov. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"In a small town like this, to see droves of people on the streets is really neat," said Sharon Nizer of the Tin Rooster, who's organizing the event for the merchant sponsors.

Enter shops dressed with balloon bouquets and you'll be welcomed by the shopkeepers serving refreshments. They'll show you where to register for door prizes. Manchester's delightful array of shops features baseball cards, hairdressing, ice cream treats, homemade meat products and fine gifts.

Outside, listen for holiday songs by traveling carolers from Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Santa Claus will be watching for children to greet.

Taxi service will be antique: a horse-drawn wagon to both ends of town. Jump aboard the wagon at the town parking lot behind the Manchester Pharmacy on Westminster Street.

"It's a festive time," said Mrs. Nizer. "People are looking forward to it, to walk the streets, listen to carolers, and take the time to look."

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Join the crowd Saturday at the Hampstead Fire Hall when the Women's Club of Hampstead serves its annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Hampstead Fire Auxiliary.

"There's usually a line waiting at 6 a.m." for those plate-sized pancakes and fat little sausages from Hahn's, said chairwoman Hannah Stevens. Typically, 300 people or more will eat their fill from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. Breakfast includes apples cooked with sugar and spices that "go really great with sausage," she said.

Tickets are $3.75 adults; for children 5 through 11, $2. "Little muppets under 5 eat for nothing," Mrs. Stevens said. "Some of those little guys can really chow down, eating the sausages with their fingers.

"We get our husbands involved," she said. "When the Rotary gives their breakfast, we do the same for them."

As Charlotte Ratcliff sets up the dining room, her husband Bill mixes the pancake batter. Elmer Martin makes the coffee; his wife, Dorothy, sells homemade goodies to take home from the bake table. Thousands of pancakes are flipped expertly by co-chairwoman Dorothy Hale.

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From gingerbread houses to Garfield the cat, the Rev. Martin Demek's hundreds of bread dough ornaments will be among the highlights of the annual St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar.

It will be held Saturday and Sunday in every nook of the Parish Center behind the church at 3071 Park Ave. in Manchester. The bazaar begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, runs until 6 p.m., and continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church's religious education program will benefit. It reaches 450 children from 4 years old through high school.

Parishioners, working since last year, have packed three rooms with homemade crafts, ornaments, wreaths, Christmas gifts, religious articles -- including Julie Longhenry's handcrafted rosaries, baked foods, and harvest items such as pickles and jellies. Children will find games to play, face painting and a chance for pictures with Santa. There's a room of things to buy for kids, too.

Raffles for children and adults include a Super Nintendo, an Amish country bench and a handmade Nativity set.

Expect food galore, from breakfast buns to pit beef and crab soup.

Organizer Carolyn Evans doesn't remember a year without the bazaar. "I've only been in this parish for 20 years," she said.

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Join the energetic folks from the little town of Boring, when the "Not So Boring Flea Market and Christmas Bazaar" is held at the Boring Fire Hall for the 16th year on Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It's a fun day of lunch, baked foods, crafts and gifts, all for an admission of 25 cents per person or 50 cents for families.

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